Ralf Rangnick gives latest injury update on Luke Shaw ahead of Manchester United vs Everton
Ralf Rangnick has issued the latest injury update on Luke Shaw as he needs surgery on an old operation after picking up a knock last week against Leicester City. This news would be a blow for Manchester United, who will be facing off against Everton later today.
Man United will travel to Goodison Park as they look to be in contention for the pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League. They will need to deal with several absentees for the match, which would make things tough for them. Speaking in the pre-match presser (h/t Manchester United official website), Rangnick has revealed that Shaw has some problems with an old operation, and the left-back will be out for two to three weeks following the surgery.
“Luke is still injured. We had to take him off at half-time and he’s having problems with his leg where had his operation back in 2015. Yeah, the doctor told me that they decided to remove that metal thing in his leg, there are two bolts that need to be removed and this will happen tomorrow and that means he will be out for the next two or three weeks.”
Edinson Cavani, Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay will join Shaw in the stands as the trio has been ruled out by the Red Devils boss. Cavani has suffered the issue during the recent international break, while McTominay will be out with a foot problem. As for Varane, his recent setback adds to the injury struggles he has endured throughout this season.
Major injury concerns
“Cavani is still injured. Rapha Varane is still injured, he will be missing for the game tomorrow and the same is true with Scott McTominay, I’m afraid. He’s having problems with the sole of his foot. So those four players will be missing.”
Fortunately, there are some boosts for the league fixture against the Toffees later today as well. Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed the 1-1 draw vs Leicester, will be available for selection. Jesse Lingard was out of contention last week with an illness, and he should also have achieved full fitness. Rangnick said:
“Cristiano is back again.”
We cannot afford to drop points for the remainder of this campaign if there are ambitions to achieve qualification for next term’s Champions League. We are currently in seventh place in the league table, although there is only a three points gap between Tottenham Hotspur, who is fourth with 54 points from 30 matches and us in the same number of games.
Despite our setbacks, a great end to this season would ensure that we can have a genuine shot at achieving a top-four finish. For that to happen, though, there needs to be a turnaround in fortunes in the coming games.
The game against Frank Lampard’s side would be a perfect opportunity to build momentum as they have been poor for quite some time. The hosts are freefalling in the table, and they are now dangerously close to the relegation zone.
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As such, anything less than three points would be a poor result for us considering the circumstances. The injury concerns do make things difficult for us, but Ronaldo’s return and Lingard’s potential availability, coupled with our current squad, should be enough to do the required job.
Let’s hope that the players will not underperform at a crucial stage of our campaign as we need to put pressure on those above us in the league table.